Monthly Archives: July 2009

A right to die?

Debbie Purdy, the terminal MS patient, is rejoicing at her success with the Law Lords yesterday.  It must be right that the DPP should be asked to clarify his policy on prosecuting those who help terminally-ill patients to die.  It … Continue reading

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EU legislation in non-EU countries

Those who argue in favour of British membership of the EU claim that if we left, and had a free-trade agreement like Norway or Switzerland, we should still be subject to most of the EU’s acquis communautaire, “but have no … Continue reading

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Vaclav Klaus is a star!

Vaclav Klaus, the President of the Czech Republic, is a hero.  Sound on Europe, sound on climate.  I met him recently, at the Heartland Climate Conference in New York in March, where he gave the keynote speech.  His book, “Blue … Continue reading

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Whatever happened to summer?

Yesterday evening I was watching the regional weather forecast, and the weather girl opened her piece with the question “Whatever happened to summer?”.  Remember that the Met Office warned us that this was going to be a “Barbecue Summer”, and … Continue reading

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Poles take some stick – Update

I thought I would share with you a recent letter to regional press on the subject of my previous blogpost about our new Polish partners:- Dear Sir,   I was very sorry indeed to see that Poland’s civil rights chief, … Continue reading

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Poles take some stick

The leader of our new Group in the European parliament, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), is the Polish MEP Michal Tomasz Kaminski.  He is a very sound conservative, and a good friend of mine, and I am delighted that … Continue reading

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Kirkhope’s Legacy

Following the amazing events of July 14th, when Yorkshire MEP Edward McMillan Scott tried to destabilise our new European Conservatives group by making a solo run for Vice President of the parliament, one of my colleagues posed a question: “What … Continue reading

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